Investigative Reporting   |   Student Reporting

What motivated an arson suspect to set fire to a Brookline unfinished home?

Cell phone texts and calls led to the arrest of a 29-year-old ex-marine who was badly burned in the blaze.  Journalism students Anne Steele, Libby Leyden-Sussler and Amanda Ostuni investigate possible motives that led to the destruction of the unfinished home in which its developers fought loosing court battles to save it and continue construction. “The article, Brookline arson yields mystery. Not who did it, but why?” made front-page news in the December 8 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe. Steele, Leyden-Sussler and Ostuni are students in Professor Walter Robinson’s Investigative Reporting class.

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Boston Globe Photo by Dina Rudick